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Book: Tenebrasco

The Pearl Wielder Trilogy #1 by Hannah Reed

Independently Published

When I first started reading Tenebrasco I thought I had a book in my hands that sort of resembled “The little Mermaid” on steroids. But just a little bit in, I happily realised it wasn’t.

Hannah Reed did a wonderful job creating a detailed underwater world. It keeps up with our real life modern day technology, while still maintaining a mystic layer that sets it apart from the world out of the water.

The book follows the viewpoint of Princess April who is the heir to the throne of the seven seas. The Mer(maid) people have special powers that are strengthened by certain pearls. And while there are 9 different powers in total, most Mer can’t wield them all. Yet April can, and she’s stronger than she should be for her Mer-age.

Working for Peace

For as long as one can remember there has not been peace between the Mer world and the legged. But that’s about to change. Princess April’s parents have been working with legged world leaders to sign a peace treaty uniting the worlds.

Unfortunately nothing goes as planned and April will have to rely on her instincts and put her trust in legged strangers. Will she be able to find her way home? Can she trust the legged that she has to put her faith in?

Eye for Details

Not only did Hannah Reed create a wonderful detailed and believable underwater world. She also managed to create and equally detailed and realistic world of the legged.

Even though I got some little mermaid and The Snork (who remembers those?!) vibes in the beginning of the story. That evolved rather quickly though. As I continued reading, the little mermaid was soon forgotten. Instead, I found myself emerged in an underwater world I could visualise in my head.

No Love for Love

As a lot of books do, this one also has a bit of an underlying love story. It just doesn’t do it for me in this story. Even though there are more suitors for April I just don’t see either one of them with April just yet. I can’t put my finger on it but I’m just not there for this undercurrent of a love story. Luckily her suitors are more important in other ways for April’s story. So it doesn’t bother me that much but I’m sort of shipping the suitors with others instead of April.

Book 1 of the series is pretty good and I’m looking forward to the (yet to be released) sequel. I actually want to know what happens to April and her friends. And although this story has a conclusion, it is pretty open too so it can continue into the next book.

If you want to emerge yourself in a deep sea story I think this book is a good pick.

Rating: 4/5

Tenebrasco is available from July 11, 2019

Disclaimer: I received this book as an ARC in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All opinions are my own.

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